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Feb 17, 2013 7:00pm EST
of the black, white, and multiracial ancestors of michelle obama." it airs next and is about 45 minutes. >> good morning. or is busy in texas, hi, y'all. it is a great day to be innd austin, texas and today had thea honor pleasure to be at the texas book festival serving as your moderator for "new york times" writer and author, raches swarns. i am going to tell you just a few things about rachel because i know you came to hear her ande not me and because our time is n limited.d she has worked for "the new york times" since 1995, reporting on domestic policy, national politics, immigration, the presidential campaign of 2004 n 2008 and our first lady, michelle obama and her role in the obama white house. i met rachel at a very different event this year, where i bought a book, the book she wrote, "american tapestry: the story of the black, white, and multiracial ancestors of michelle obama". after hearing her talk, i bought six more copies. i bought them from my family members to give as christmasrisa gifts. after having read her book i ca tell you it was a goodha investment. it taught me
CSPAN
Feb 16, 2013 9:15am EST
. and last week alone we saw it from colin powell, brian williams and president obama himself. colin powell went on the sunday show talking about the dark vein of intolerance that was running throughout the republican party. what evidence did he provide for that assertion? we are not left wing. we don't believe in anthropogenic climate change or we don't believe there should be redistribution of wealth or we don't believe in obamacare. if we would just move to the left that would make us not racist. colin powell above all should know how not raise our party is considering selling in our party were considering supporting him despite his liberalism in 1996 for presidential run and secretary of state under president bush obviously, somebody who is treated well by the republican party but that didn't stop him anyway because now colin powell is on the left and that means we are the bad guys. president obama did in his inaugural address just last week also, there's a peculiar line in his speech where he said absolutism is not printable and name calling is not discussion. he then proceeded to spen
CSPAN
Feb 12, 2013 8:00pm EST
that our seniors receive. [applause] president obama: and i am open to additional reforms from both parties so long as they don't violate the idea of secure retirement. our government shouldn't make promises we cannot keep. but we must keep the promises we have already made. [applause] [applause] president obama: here's the rest of our target. we should do what leaders in both parties have already suggestioned, and save hundreds of billions of dollars by getting rid of tax loopholes and deductions for the well-off and the well-connected. after all, why would we choose to make deeper cuts to education and medicare, just to protect special interest tax breaks. how is that fair? why is it that deficit reduction is a big emergency justifying making cuts in social security benefits, but not closing some loopholes? how does that promote growth? [applause] president obama: now is our best chance for bipartisan, comprehensive tax reform that encourages job creation and helps bring down the deficit. [applause] president obama: we can get this done. [applause] president obama: the america
CSPAN
Feb 25, 2013 1:40am EST
. a granular level in which the attitude from the obama administration has been we love the institution. we have got our own sort of thing going on. i think it's a very open question at this point. which of the two ambassadors by implications, which of the two administrations is actually sized up and sorted of priced the u.n. more accurately. the one that engages with it in order to sort of really make sure that it doesn't do anything the u.s. doesn't like or one which apparently on the surface has more love for it. at the same time it's disengaged. it's not fair for ambassador rice. her engagement is where it should be. she's living day and night in the accident occurty council that's where she should be. i think that those probably warfare criticism during the first two to three years of the first barack obama term. >> host: when has the u.s. sought u.n. legitimacy? >> guest: most of the time as a per let to actions that it was planning on taking anyway. so in iraq, we saw legitimacy for something the entire world knew we were going do no matter what. i would say that the u.s. seeks a les
CSPAN
Feb 9, 2013 5:00pm EST
and president obama himself. colin powell went on the sunday shows and talk drop the so-called dark vein of intolerance that was running throughout the republican party. what evidence did he provide? that we are not left wing, that we don't believe in anthropogenic climate change or we don't believe that there should be redistribution of wealth so we don't believe in obamacare. if we would just move to let suddenly that would make is not racist. now, he should know how not racist our party is considering so many in our party were considering supporting and despite his liberalism, and he was secretary of state under president bush obviously. somebody treated very well by the republican party, but that did not stop him because now he's on the left which means that we had the bad guys. president obama did it in his inaugural address just last week also. he said a peculiar line in his speech very said that absolutism is not principal and he said that name-calling is not discussion. he then proceeded to read avoid principal and be an absolutist and suggest that essentially if you disagree wit
CSPAN
Feb 10, 2013 10:00pm EST
of american life. we saw it from colin powell, brian williams and president obama himself. colin powell went on the sunday shows and talked about the so-called dark vein of intolerance that was running throughout the republican party. now, what evidence did he provide for that assertion? that we're not left wing, that we don't believe in climate change or that we don't believe in redistribution of wealth or that we don't believe in obamacare, and if we would just move to the left, suddenly that would make us not racist. now, colin powell above all should know how not racist our party is considering how much of our party were willing to support him in 1996. this is somebody who's treated very well by the republican party. now colin powell is on the left, and that means that we are the bad guys. president obama did it in his inaugural address just last week also. he said there was a peculiar line in his speech where he said absolutism is not principle, and he said that name calling is not discussion. he then proceeded to spend the rest of his speech name calling and avoiding principle and bein
CSPAN
Feb 10, 2013 11:00pm EST
when he was nominated to be the cia director. and as an obama supporter of course i was shocked to find out who was crowned be kept on as obama secretary of defense but when he told people i found interesting and was the major reason i wanted to write this book and what he said was we are moving towards a smaller military that will do fewer things and be able to go fewer places which he felt was a terrible thing and he added i don't want to be a part of that kind of system that is going to retrench. my feeling has been we need a smaller military that will do fewer things and go to fewer places. so that is the kind of book i wanted to write. i thought that i should do it even though others have really had ma named a lot of this. i am sure you are familiar with the work of d-nd for example, who wrote things such as the american empire and years before that, john neuhaus, one of my favorite writers wrote in imperial america and other books have dealt with this with an unusual background in the sense that i spent 42 years in the government and the state department, defense department and th
CSPAN
Feb 23, 2013 3:30pm EST
follow closely. he was nominated to be the cia director in 1991, and as an obama supporter, i was shocked to find out that he was going to be kept on as the secretary of defense. what he told people, i found, and it was a major reasoning for why i wanted to write this book, what he said is that we are moving towards a smaller military. one that will do fewer things than be able to go fewer places, which he thought was a terrible thing and he added that he didn't want to be a part of that kind of a system that is going to retrench. my feeling has always been that we need a smaller military that will do fewer things and go to fewer places. so that is the kind of book that i wanted to write. i thought that i should do it even though others have mined a lot of this. i'm sure a lot of you are familiar with the works who wrote things like the american empire and 10 years before that, john neuhaus, one of my favorite new york writers, wrote imperial america. other books have dealt with this. the background and ascends, i have spent 42 years in the government beyond the state department, defense
CSPAN
Feb 18, 2013 1:30am EST
in. obama unfortunately comes in with very little background on foreign policy never paid much attention, is served in washington only two years i was enthusiastic supporter but those of us that looked at him knew it could be a problem and when he appointed secretary of state and secretary of defense for domestic reasons and appointed retired marine general as a national security adviser and put leon panetta, know he is a neighbor in california but captured by the mentality of the cia this was an extremely weak national security team and obama also was ruled by the military that is how you got the search of forces and i think he realizes he was had and that is important why i am a little more optimistic with the second turn this is a wiser man and with the the fact he ended the war in iraq and meandering toward the war in afghanistan allowing the of pentagon, an institution of the fine motor skills of a dinosaur takes them a long time to put something together for withdrawal. all obama has to do is look at gorbachev. he came 1985, a secret speech 1986 denouncing afghanistan, he
CSPAN
Feb 22, 2013 7:00pm EST
. they weren't directing one message. so you know, the obama campaign outspent us to the one in advertising and you look at it on paper and to level that out, but the effectiveness of the super pac adds was not only would've thought. >> i remember hearing your announcement and i was reading the transcript of the interview with the running mate and they said to you, i assume that you are not ruling out the president endorsing gay bearish for the first week of the campaign. is that fair to say? >> it was not built around that. >> i remember you said you know about this because it is the day before we pretaped and said he's going to come out for gay marriage. reappraise aware of the i was going to end up? >> we were pretty clear that was about to happen. >> the first week of the campaign and this is not the message you guys planned kicking off on. >> yeah, i mean, it was challenging, but it also is true that we all knew having talked to the president that he was going to take that step. so yes, we would've taken it -- >> debasing on a platform fight. >> he was ready to do it and use either goi
CSPAN
Feb 27, 2013 12:00pm EST
administration, president obama's administration, charged with this duty is the director of office of management and budget, historically that has been the case. but my concerns go deeper than that. i believe that every public official in this nation owes an absolute loyalty to the united states, to the betterment of this country and its government. and to the institutional processes that lead to the governing of america. there can be no doubt that every government official from the president on down is accountable to the institutions of our government and to the people, ultimately, without doubt the direction of o.m.b., the director of o.m.b. has such a duty. he's required to meet that duty with honor, honesty, efficiency, and responsiveness. he serves us. we don't serve him. he serves the american people. the american people send their money to washington and they expect it will be honestly and openly managed, accountable. they have every right to demand high performance from all officials, but particularly the director of the office of office of management and budget. surely there can be no h
CSPAN
Feb 6, 2013 7:30am EST
obama's council of economic advisers. and mr. kief hennessey who teaches at the stanford university graduate school of business at stanford law school, and served as director of the national economic council under president george w. bush. keith hennessey served as both director of the national economic council and as assistant to president bush for economic policy. as director of the national economic council during the 2000 a financial crisis, mr. hennessy was at the center of one of the most volatile times in american history. he was a senior white house economic adviser when he coordinated the design of the president's policies on taxes, health care, pensions, energy, and financial markets and institutions, among others. mr. hennessy has spent more that 15 years in economic policy roles for senior elected officials. before his time in the white house who worked on capitol hill for more than seven years as economics advisers to former senate majority leader trent lott. since leaving the white house mr. hennessy has been a television commentator, one of the top 25 economic blogs b
CSPAN
Feb 22, 2013 6:00am EST
for the 2008 obama campaign. his role in 2011 when he became senior strategist the 2012 reelection campaign. guestco is the founder and institute director for the university of chicago institute of policy. eric fehrnstrom began as a reporter for the "boston herald." after working for marketing and advertising firm, he became the then current governor mitt romney's communications director and was most recently a topic and strategist for the romney presidential campaign. larry grisolano has been both campaigning for the past 30 years and has been a leading tactician for some of the most important political battles the democratic party both in the 2008 and 2012 elections, he served as director of paid media for president obama's campaign. jim messina start his career as a college senior and quickly rose to prominence in campaigns across the country. he became president obama's deputy chief of staff or operations in 2009 and went on to become the manager of obama's reelection campaign in 2012. beth myers started with the reagan camp in 1980 and has been in politics ever since. she worked with g
CSPAN
Feb 9, 2013 8:45pm EST
. i am condensing but he creates miracles and iraq may be afghanistan. obama as an experiment bought onto it with their counter insurgency strategy. the problem is remember the book i mentioned the trade is and others are consulting regularly, it is a good book but there is one chapter called conditions for a successful insurgency that might make an effort to ground and they include a corrupt central government, a largely illiterate role population, now minister rein, a neighboring state that is used as a sanctuary sanctuary, it is a description of afghanistan. to be then drop a diagram of the typography of what it would look like you could do the overlay so he knows going in this is extremely long odds that bass. in iraq top commander, it was the third tour of duty. he brings the same on dryish, and it is common to all of us look at the prism of what we know. he had power point* slides afghanistan is not iraq. i interviewed well over 100 people and they said a problem came up he would say in and bar we did this are we solved the problem this way when time in a meeting with president
CSPAN
Feb 21, 2013 10:00pm EST
, you did have this backlash against the government in general, against president obama, present bush left office shortly after they started. against the democratic party more generally, against the federal reserve. against keynesian economics, i am prepared to defend if anyone would like to ask about that. this was encapsulated to me by two events that kind of book ended the backlash period. my favorite cartoon from the crisis appeared in the new yorker around march of 2009, i think. and it showed a page that was set in medieval courtyard, and the king's head is on the chopping block. the page runs in and says, government is part of the solution, not part of the problem. and that lasted about two or three months. after that, people started thinking that the government was part of the problem. when it's book ended, it was appended with the 2010 elections. which is really angry at him cummins, people that voted for t.a.r.p. and it resulted in the biggest turn of the republican party ever. it was this angle that i was talking about. as i take a few more minutes, is that okay? okay. very
CSPAN
Feb 24, 2013 1:20pm EST
the system. we run a risk in deciding if the obama administration has been tempted to say we don't want to be the hegemonic provider of security at these public goods to the world. let this be another big player at the u.n., but another belly up to the bar player at the u.n. in turtle bay. let's let the collector worry about it. they will worry about it and waste damaging to us. the most important thing is that the u.s. doesn't understand a guarantee system as an act or from the outside, the consequences going to be a scramble among scared and worried racing great powers who we all should fear we come to in south china sea. post rss if you were the last two u.s. ambassadors to the u.n. >> host: the last two ambassadors. well, here's the thing. john bolton was excoriated as someone who despise the u.n. that you could chop off the top seven or 10 stories that no one would ever notice there at its headquarters. >> host: do you agree with that statement? >> guest: i agree about 80%. as somebody said, i've actually found found it quite conciliatory and the message is american liberals need t
CSPAN
Feb 27, 2013 8:00pm EST
at 11:00 this morning as we mentioned leaders of congress and president obama will be on hand. thanks so much for talking to us today. >> guest: thank you. [inaudible conversations] >> ladies and gentlemen please welcome our honored guests, members of the united states house of representatives, members of the united states senate, the speaker of the united states house of representatives and the president of the united states. [applause] [applause] ladies and gentlemen the speaker of the united states house of representatives, the honorable john boehner. >> hello everybody. thank you. good morning and welcome to the united states capital. this is a red letter day for the american people and i'm glad that you are all here and are taking part in the celebration. since the error of reconstruction, this chamber which once was the hall of the house of representatives, has become home to statues sent by the states. today we gather to dedicate a national statute of the late rose -- parks to the cause of freedom. it's the first statue of an african-american woman to be placed in this capitol. [a
CSPAN
Feb 24, 2013 3:30pm EST
of the obama administration which did, in fact, raise the deficit. we all know that deficits are bad things. bigger deaf sets are -- deficits are bad, other things equal, but other things were not remotely close, and there was a cogent rationale for a stimulus package of that size and maybe even for a bigger one. the biggest message of the book to me as the author is this paradox that there were massive government interventions induced and caused by the fact that the private markets ran amok. the private markets that went off the track, the government came in not perfectly, but pretty effectively to try to put things back on track. and yet at the end of the day we witnessed -- and you've all witnessed it as i have -- this quite sharp backlash against, quote, big government in the united states. now, americans have never liked big government. you call anything big government, and americans will be against it reflexively. but there was a reason for the government interventions. it was a market failure in the financial world the likes of which we've not seen since the 1930s. and if we had done
CSPAN
Feb 25, 2013 5:00pm EST
with president obama's proposal in the first place and they eventually voted for when they passed the bill through the house. the second thing they are saying is this is not that significant in size, but they are saying the way they are that good across the entire government, across-the-board cuts is harmful, so they should be targeted to better places and the way they are implemented in obama needs to come together to find a better place to implement them. >> house democrats have their own plan for averting the sequestered. can you invite as sinister a chance to get voted on? >> house democrats released a proposed that one third spending cut into thirds tax increases. spending cuts hit the farm subsidies and then a tax increase you remember the so-called buffet wrote, which is an alternative minimum tax for people who earn over $1 million a year in income and would set their tax rate is at least 30%. a lot of times they were tax rate reductions and other loopholes. so those are the two main parts of that plan announced their proposal. the white house spin assembler as well. >> can you tel
CSPAN
Feb 4, 2013 5:00pm EST
leadership, the faith-based leadership, and, again, a shout out to president obama, his cabinet and the members on both sides of the aisle that stood by this region, the gulf coast, to rebuild after all of these years. and, mr. president, in conclusion, it's my only hope that after passing the sandy supplemental we will stand united with the northeast as they rebuild bigger, better, stronger, hosting the next super bowl, which is a real symbol of resurgence and rebuilding and resurrection. thank you, mr. president. and i yield the floor. mr. harkin: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from iowa. mr. harkin: mr. president, this week is a milestone for working families across america. 20 years ago this week, president bill clinton signed into law the family and medical leave act. you know, there are many laws that we pass here in washington that most americans never have reason to know or care about. the fmla, by contrast, has changed this country in profoundly important ways. it has touched the lives of millions of working families. it's almost hard to imagine today
CSPAN
Feb 16, 2013 8:45pm EST
decade. obama unfortunately comes in with very little background of foreign policy, never paid much attention, served in washington only two years. i was a very enthusiastic supporter of obama and remain but we new national security could be a problem. and appointed as secretary of state and secretary of defense and a retired marine general for domestic reasons and he lasted one year and putting in leon panetta and know he is your neighbor in california but captured by the mentality of the cia. this was an extremely weak national security team. obama also was ruled by the military that is how you got the surge of forces. i think he realizes he was had and that is important and why i am optimistic about the second term this is a wiser man with foreign policy but he has ended the war in iraq meandering to ending the war in afghanistan and allowing the pentagon with the motor skills of a dinosaur such as a timetable for withdrawal all obama has to do i look at the gorbachev experience, and came in 1985, gave a secret speech 1986 faugh denouncing afghanistan, had told shultz we are gett
CSPAN
Feb 17, 2013 8:30am EST
this in afghanistan, too. and obama at least as an experiment bought onto the idea okay, let's do a surge in afghanistan at least a partial counters urgency strategy. let's see how it works. -- counterinsurgency strategy. the problem is well, remember the book, the book i mentioned which petraeus and others are consulting regularly. it's a very good book. there was one chapter in that book called conditions for a successful insurgency. where he lists specific characteristics of a country that might make it just really fertile ground for successful insurgency. they included a very corrupt central government, and largely illiterate rural population, mountainous terrain along the borders. a neighboring state that issues as sanctuary by the insurgents. you just go down the list, it's a description of afghanistan. he even draws a diagram of what the topography of this ideal insurgent territory would look like. you can do an overlay of this diagram with a map of afghanistan. so he knows going in that this really is extremely long odds at this. when he was in iraq, when he was top commander, tha
CSPAN
Feb 16, 2013 7:00pm EST
the bush stimulus and the obama's stimulus program. troubled asset relief program, fannie, freddie, and the economic downturn. you can still make this out, and you can see from where we are today in 2013, the time this was put together, the single biggest factor in the annual deficits that we will experience of the next several years was not from the economic slowdown, but it was because of the revenues that were taken away by the bush tax cuts. now, we all know now because of the legislation that was just passed, some portion of that tax revenue that has been shown on this chart is being lost will be recovered because at least for upper-income taxpayers they're going to go back to clinton-era tax rates. but the point in trying to make with this one chart, this is the real world. the idea that tax cuts pay for themselves is not the real world. when one side believes one thing in one side believes the other, there is not much room for consequence. i will come back to white, and they should be part of how you think about this. why is it that the two sides believe such different thing
CSPAN
Feb 23, 2013 8:45am EST
stimulus and obama stimulus program and the economic downturn, you can still make it out and you can see from where we are today in 2013 at the time this was put together the single biggest factor in the annual deficits that we will experience over the next several years, not from the economic slowdown but because of the revenues that were taken away by the bush tax cuts. as we all know now because of the legislation, some portion of that tax revenue is shown on this chart as being lost will be recovered because proper income tax payers, they're going to go back to the clinton era tax relief. the point i am trying to make with this one chart, this is the real world and the idea tax cuts favored themselves is not the real world and when one side believes one thing and one side believes the other there's not much room for a consequence. i will come back to why and this should be how you think about this one. why is it that the two sides believed such different things? why does one depend on evidence and the other depend more on broad principles about the size of government and individual l
CSPAN
Feb 12, 2013 12:00pm EST
-- work for facebook and left in order to work for the barack obama campaign. that is something that was anything but short and was consistent with the kind of things chris hughes has been talking about which is trying to live a life would have a genuine impact, a direct positive impact on delighting hour the words that you have yours. less than a year ago, he purchased dominant control of a publication in the new republic that was also in failing health and has made a awful lot of dust and caused a lot of interest because he was not only publisher and editor-in-chief but he was actively engaged reshaping it and had career ambitions to make the new republic something that would be among the most influential and the most important idea magazine in the country. he is serious about high-quality journalism. that is the thing that he talks about again, but his focus is not just about digital technologies. he has taken this venerable institution and profession, journalism, and is looking at them informed by his deep knowledge of digital technology in the digital world, but also with a
CSPAN
Feb 27, 2013 11:00pm EST
what it is doing, which appear to be improper was actually lawful and the obama administration never expected to be the same position of allies around the world accusing it of illegal activity frankly needs to go to the same effort now and the rules would be to say it's not to stare at the treaty. this is too difficult to negotiate a treaty, but to agree on legal principles such as a country can use lethal force against a terrorist in another country whose threat and attack if that country is unwilling or unable to prevent that thread. in most cases around the world, the countries are able to prevent that thread. they can arrest the person. but in four or five countries, yemen, somalia, pakistan want to get countries around the world to acknowledge the united states right under international law to use force to kill someone in another country who is posing a threat when it can't be addressed in another way. we can get there, but they're just not going to agree to our position unless we go through aggressive international legal diplomacy. it's a great kind of questions. >> and they ar
CSPAN
Feb 9, 2013 7:00pm EST
need to have a vague understanding of why the federal reserve did what it did and the obama administration did raise the deficit, bigger deficits are bad but there was a rationale for a stimulus package. but the biggest message of the book to me as the author is a paradox of the private markets ran amok but pretty effectively to put things back on track but at the end of the day you witnessed a sharp backlash you call it a big government americans are against it. but there was a reason for the government intervention the likes we have not seen since the 1930's and it would have been a preview. nonetheless you did have a backlash against the government in general, president obama, it would have been against him him, against a democratic party more generally, the federal reserve, keynesian economics which i am perfect -- prepared to defend. but what both ended the of backlash period but my favorite cartoon from the crisis appears in "the new yorker" march 2009 and it shows a page set in in medieval castle courtyard and the king said is on the chopping block. wait stop governme
CSPAN
Feb 2, 2013 9:00am EST
everyone wants to know is how does our present president, president obama, what has he done? he has done a couple interesting ones. shovel ready is really his. hard to find that anywhere. the first t.a.r.p. we got shovel ready. snowmageddon is his. that was a totally spontaneous 2011 monster storm that came through, leaves the white house and gets, everything shutdown, he gets to the hilton hotel, this is snowmageddon. in 2011 he used the term sputnik moment. in his state of the union special saying this country needed a challenge, and outside moment that would generate our interest in research and development and education as had the sputnik launch in 1957. to a younger generation, sputnik is probably not as big a thing as it is to an older generation but that was pretty clever but most of his slogans, most of his abilities have not really caught on. another one he came up with, he was in washington and he said it is a strange construct but in august, this is the time when washington, things are hard to get done. nobody knows what that means but somehow is applicable. on that low note,
CSPAN
Feb 23, 2013 7:00am EST
connection with you. we had the inauguration this week of barack obama, january 19th, 2013. that very month is full of epic anniversaries regarding raise and american history, exactly 150 years ago since the emancipation proclamation by lincoln which is popularized in this story of the 13th amendment two januarys later in 1865 in a spielberg film that is nominated for the academy award. getting a sense of that history. but more pertinent for us, 150 years, 2013, up to get at sense of how tricky this history has been, i want you to think about the 50 year anniversary. fifty years ago this january in january of 1963, i was getting my driver's license. that was a big deal. martin luther king was resolved to go into birmingham this month, he decided and didn't tell his father and didn't tell any of his board members because he knew they would try to stop it and what he said was after eight years since the brown decision, descending the militia defending segregation have mobilized across the segregated states than the forces of freedom and we are about to lose our window in history and if i don'
CSPAN
Feb 12, 2013 9:00am EST
is hopeful, our journey goes forward. and the state of our union is strong. >> tonight, president obama delivers this year's address live on c-span. with her preview program starting at 8 p.m. eastern and the president at nine. followed by the gop response and your reaction. the state of the union tonight on c-span, c-span radio and c-span.org. >> i quoted lady bird often but she said the first lady has the podium, and she chose to use it. i think that was her quote. and i think really knowing that, it was after i made the presidential radio address about this, the treatment of women and children and afghanistan by taliban to invite after that i was married. and often dating jenna who was in texas, and we went shopping, and the ladies at the cosmetics counter the work of the cosmetic counter in the department store came up and said thank you so much for speaking for women in afghanistan. and that was really the first time that i thought, hey, they heard me. and i think i knew intellectually that the first lady had a podium, but i didn't really know it until after the. >> ceased its new
CSPAN
Feb 22, 2013 5:00pm EST
president obama and secretary clinton hugged the focus to the asia-pacific, but you have worked with her mother. so my question is to southeast asia and what you share with your vision of how to build brown eyes next year i think burma will be the chair and how to build a to the centrality role in how to work into that. the code of conduct and the rule of law to resolve some of the conflicts? >> i think it would for sure. i have to say since i haven't had a chance to visit burma myself yet, i'm probably less conversant with it than i am at the other major cases we are working on. but clearly there is plenty of opportunity for progress in this phase in the u.s. policy is really trying to drive back. in terms of the rest of southeast asia, right now as we look at future engagement, there are a couple countries we have to be sensitive to and that we are reviewing. but we haven't got much beyond that stage. sorry not to be better informed to answer your question. >> when the back row there. >> thanks, claudia. mr. ambassador, you mention the crowded field out there. [laughter] doing the pre-
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Feb 24, 2013 7:00pm EST
president obama's second inauguration and that is where has the obama administration been on this? is a lot of the cases are before 2008. has anything changed? >> the terrorism operations the developed under george w. bush, and they have basically continued unabated under president obama. and i think one of the extraordinary things is if you look at the 2012 presidential election, one of the areas was national security and foreign policy, the glass jar of democratic candidates and what he is seen as a doubling down on the police. eric holder can to san francisco for a meeting that was put on and he was questioned specifically about the sting operations and he insisted that the these are a legitimate law enforcement tool for binding terrorists. but we've also seen under obama and by the press to be critical of this is an increasing of surveillance. the amount of warrantless wiretaps, warrantless electronic surveillance. the fbi when it believes someone might has 72 hours looking through e-mail and trash to go through any kind of digital remnants he might leave behind looking for evidence tha
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Feb 6, 2013 9:00am EST
. according to president obama's former jobs council, by 2020 would be a million and have jobs without the college graduates to fill them. while there is a persistent unmet demand of four to 500,000 job openings and health care sector alone. recent reports indicate that there are not enough skilled applicants to fill the jobs in the booming natural gas industry. now, suppose colleges provided prospective students with reliable information on the unemployment rate and potential earnings white magic. what if parents have access to a clear and understandable breakdowns between academic studies and amenities? what with those costs be? armed with this knowledge, families and students could make better decisions about where to go to school, and how to budget their tuition dollars. students would actually have a better chance of graduating within four years and getting a job. helping students realize opportunity and a career, while keeping tuition costs low makes common sense. senators rubio and widen have a proposal that they unveiled right here at aei, which addresses this goal. i look forw
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Feb 1, 2013 7:00pm EST
. [inaudible] [inaudible] >> the question as to the criticism of the obama administration on its actions in a variety of al qaeda firm somalia, yemen was persuasive. but what's the right answer? >> well, i don't have a right answer and there isn't a right answer for any of these various places, but i think we need to get jan in review of troops on the ground cumin no troops on the ground in the situation here. i do think it is in our interest to find a way to work with local partners in order to combat local groups and allow them to cover their territories with their own forces. unfortunately, the way to do that involves putting boots on the ground. we have a long tradition. it was started by a democratic president who is enthusiastic about this kind of thing as john f. kennedy and this is one of the things the special forces were created to do. it is a train and advise mission and its enabled mission. if we had been doing that in yemen, we would in a somewhat better place. the questions are what do you do where you don't have partners where they can succeed in what he thought the escala
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Feb 2, 2013 8:00am EST
with emerson's and which now the obama administration is trying to take a step further. the clinton administration privatized this in the processing, animals are slaughtered and another step where they are cut up and processed so in the reprocessing there has been the privatized system that we have done a lot of work showing how dangerous it is. the obama administration wants to increase this program especially for poultry. it would mean more than 200 birds a minute are being slaughtered in a plant. that is not a misstatement. 200 birds a minute. there is no way there can be any inspection of these carcasses and these are immigrant workers, extremely dangerous work. imagine both hands get sliced. all sorts of horrible injuries and because of all the contamination from salmonella you can never eat another piece of chicken. they get the chicken into chemicals, things like corn and sodium phosphate. that really over originated with the corn -- the clinton administration. a lengthy answer. i don't know how much time we have. >> what is the mandate of the usda? where did go wrong and wha
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Feb 23, 2013 8:00pm EST
that obama's speechwriter has decided to come come -- become a screenwriter so a screenwriter can you do, obama's speech writer for a change? >> i don't think i would make a good speechwriter. there are requirements to that job like patients and willing to be severely edited and writing on deadline so i would not be -- >> you up with some wonderful words into lincoln. >> i did my best but as i said before i think we have a president who is really capable of writing very beautiful speeches all on his own and a couple of really wonderful book so it's nice to have a real writer back in the white house. >> just another screenwriter coming out though. cd maybe when he stunned being president he will become a screenwriter. >> i am available to be either a presidential speechwriter or a screenwriter. >> tell us about your relationship with steven spielberg and how a film and he was a screenwriter, the third one in movies and how did it change from what spielberg was doing in the first place and what he asked you to do? >> steven originally was thinking of this being a general film about the civ
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Feb 26, 2013 12:00pm EST
with no intervening action or debate, that no further motion be in order, president obama be immediately notified of the senate's action, and the senate then resume legislative session. the presiding officer: is there objection? without objection, so ordered. under the previous order, the senate stands in recess until the senate finance committeel approved the name of jack lew of treasury secretary. iowa senator chuck grassley voted against the nomination, citing lew's role in citigroup during the bailout. here is what some of what senator grassley had to say. >> finally, mr. lew, i'm concerned about the attitude of this administration, supporters criticize the senate usually anonymously, exercising basic due diligence regarding this nominee. they don't like anyone questioning them and they don't like answering questions. despite their tactics we must continue to perform their senate vital role of advise and consent. what we've seen so far mr. lew is getting ad being paid by taxpayer supported institutions. citigroup received a taxpayer-funded bailout and gave mr. lew a piece of it on his way out
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Feb 8, 2013 9:00am EST
and what policy the obama administration and congress to propose to help stimulate the economy. this is just getting under way. >> a prime example of our ability to involve experts and debates on topics that are critical to the business community. i'm going to start us off today by queuing a video from christopher giancarlo of the gfi group, our sponsor, for this series. but for some want to make a brief announcement. this series, this economic series that we pose every quarter, has been accredited by the national association of state boards of accountancy to provide continuing professional education, credits for accounting professional. so we are quite excited of that and hopefully you will as well. this accreditation highlights the value of this and other programs that would hold her at the chamber. for more information on that please visit our website, or speak to some of folks outside in the registration desk. after the video i'm going to ask marty to come up directly and begin the program the first award from our sponsor, the gfi group. >> good morning. gfi group is deligh
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Feb 14, 2013 12:00pm EST
'm tempted to describe president obama's spending and tax ideas as small ball, but they're worse than that. they represent a conscious decision to neglect some of the most pressing issues that confront our country. you might even say it's a dereliction of duty in the battle to save america. last week, the congressional budget office projected that our gross national debt will increase from $16 trillion in 2012 to $26 trillion in 2023. now, that may seem like a long way off, but just since president obama has been president, the national debt's gone up by 55%, just in the last four years. but if you project that forward to 2023 when some of these young men and women who are working here as pages will be looking at entering the work force and looking at their futures, all they will see ahead of them is debt and a reduced standard of living. this is what lies ahead for all of us unless we embrace real spending cuts and unless we deal with the unfunded liabilities of medicare and social security. now, president obama has a secret strategy for getting our debt under control, we'd all love to he
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Feb 16, 2013 8:00am EST
had inauguration this week. barack obama, january 19, 2013. this very month is full of epic anniversary, regarding race and american history. it's 150 years ago since the emancipation proclamation by lincoln which is now popularized in the story of the 13th amendment just two januaries later in 1865 in the spielberg film nominated for the academy award. we're getting a sense of that history. more pert innocent for us, 150 years, 2013, to get a sense of how tricky this history has been, i want you to think about the 50-year anniversary. fifty years ago this january, in january 1963, i was getting my driver's license. that was a big deal. martin luther king was resolved to go into birmingham. this month, he decided, and he didn't tell his father or tell his board members because he knew they would try to stop him. what he said was, after eight years since the brown decision, the forces defending segregation mobilized across the segregated states than the forces of freedom, and we're about to lose our window in history, and if i don't take the more risk that i have the way thes
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Feb 23, 2013 10:45am EST
, the obama administration decided to reassign those defendants to a military commission at guantanamo bay. but through that monthslong controversy there wasn't much exploration of what a military commission at guantanamo bay actually is. the debate pretty much, pretty much, pretty much boiled down to military courts are tough, civilian courts presumably are weaker, and given a choice about who you'd want to deal with alleged terrorists and enemies of the united states, well, it seems like you'd want the tough guys to deal with them. and there was not a lot of discussion about what military commissions are, how they operate, who runs them, those sorts of questions which i think are important for americans to consider when deciding whether this is an experiment that we want to continue or expand or at or drop in the years going forward. so this book is really a story of the development of this project as told through the, a number of vims involved in it -- individuals involved in it, people some who were policymakers at very high levels of government, some are judges. but mainly it's about
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Feb 13, 2013 12:00pm EST
motion be in order, that president obama be immediately notified of the senate's action and the senate then resume legislative session. the presiding officer: is there objection? without objection. mr. reid: i note the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll. a senator: i ask the call of the quorum be vitiated. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. coats: last night president obama had the opportunity to present to the american people a plan and vision for how he intends to strengthen the state of our union. while i'm pleased he finally turned his focus back to the ongoing jobs crisis in our country, i was left feeling disappointed and frustrated that the president continued to call for higher taxes to pay for more and more government spending. i don't believe the president acknowledges or at least he didn't last evening, the seriousness of our debt and fiscal crisis. we are nearly $16.5 trillion in debt, and $6 trillion of that debt is from the president's spending over the last four years. and he now has four more years to go. yet rather than
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Feb 26, 2013 9:00am EST
secretary of defense. his record of service to this country is untarnished. 12 days later president obama's support for his qualified nominee is still strong. 12 days later the majority of senators still support his confirmation. senate republicans have delayed for the better part of two weeks for one reason: partisanship. at a time when our nation faces threats abroad -- and that's an understatement -- there is a fair and constructive confirmation process. politically motivated delays send a terrible signal to our allies around the world and they send a terrible signal to tens of thousands of americans serving in afghanistan, other parts of the world and people serving in the united states. for the sake of national security it is time to set aside partisanship. the three days across-the-board cuts to defense spending are scheduled to take effect. the pentagon needs a seasoned leader to diplomat these cuts, cuts for which an overwhelmingly majority of republicans in congress voted. the so-called sequester, mr. president, was supported by 174 republicans in the house of representatives, 28
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Feb 7, 2013 6:00am EST
's understanding and support for our efforts. in contrast, president obama believes that done carefully, deliberately and responsibly we can be more transparent and still insure our nation's security. finish so let me say it as simply as i can: yes, in full accordance with the law and in order to prevent terrorist attacks on the united states and to save american lives, the united states government conducts targeted strikes against specific al-qaeda terrorists, sometimes using remotely-piloted aircraft often refer today publicly as drones. and i'm here today because president obama has instructed us to be more open with the american people about these efforts. broadly speaking, the debate over strikes targeted at individual members of al-qaeda has centered on their legality, their ethics, the wisdom of using them and the standards by which they are approved. with the remainder of my time today, i would like to address each of these in turn. first, these targeted strikes are legal. attorney general holder, harold coe and jay johnson have all addressed this question at length. to briefly
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Feb 19, 2013 11:00pm EST
and president obama are a good team, that is what matters. i don't worry so much about his policy positions one way or another. but the fact that they feel that they can be a good team together, that is important. unless the president nominate somebody who is just, in my mind, unqualified or something. i tend to think the leader should be about who he wants. >> thank you, general. [applause] .. we need yours poured and we need your input. and so we changed a few things about the board meeting. we shorten them considerably. we stayed away from the details or to get in on the weeds of how you build a car, but the bigger questions of financing, morale, positioning marketing. the board is very supportive of that and we kept them informed and we just took off. >> up next, fred kaplan tax about general david petraeus and his advisers transferring the military to face my wars against insurgents and terrorists. he spoke at the library in louisville, kentucky for an hour. [applause] >> thank you. thanks for coming out. so i writes a column called war stories. the word for it is in the subtitle of my boo
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Feb 26, 2013 8:00pm EST
parts in the obama administration, including vice president biden, director cordray, and associate attorney general tony west, all of whom you're hearing from this week. we have accomplished, i think, a great deal working together with you across state boundaries and i think across party lines. the justice department has benefited and more importantly, american people have benefited from your tireless work, your expert guidance, and your steadfast commitment to doing what is best for those we are privileged to serve. and the results speak for themselves. by helping to strengthen the state, federal criminal justice systems, fighting to expand access to legal services and consumer protections, you have addressed persistent challenges and emproved countless lives. you have made victims whole again and brought assistance and healing to troubled areas. in close partnership with the presidents president's fraud task force you have helped approach, identify, and combat fraud. it has never been more systematic. last january many of you joined with the justice department and other partners
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Feb 11, 2013 12:00pm EST
$10.50, i think president obama suggested $9.50 at one point but nothing was ever done about it, it would take a lot of people off of welfare and put 'em back to work. and that's what we really need. >> host: okay. all right. joyce in bethesda near maryland, republican caller not too far from the capitol, go ahead, joyce. >> caller: good morning. >> host: morning. >> caller: and thank you very much for c-span. i wanted to bring out, first of all, we want them to cut spending, but more importantly than that, we want them to address this issue of drugs in our schools. we met with president obama's drug policy staff on the 23rd of january asking them to do this and telling them that we really held them responsible for, actually, treason against children. if you're, if you are violating a and certainly our children everywhere taking, taking into consideration the children in connecticut who were 20 babies killed, and we all believe that somewhere along the line there's a drug issue involved here. >> host: so, joyce, when it comes to spending cuts, are you saying, yeah, we need to cu
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Feb 13, 2013 7:30am EST
malpractice models that can improve patient safety and bring down liability premiums, president obama became the first chief executive in history to direct us to use our authority to provide funding for that effort. and we've got models going across the country. i'm pleased attended, and we will have a full report in the next few months, we have some very promising results from these models which are being scaled up in various parts of the country. many of which were developed, modeled and implemented by physicians. another example is accountable care organizations. when we released the first proposed aco rules, we received a lot of feedback, some of it not very positive, from the physician community. much of it was -- much of it told us that the rules came up short, if you mentioned a few specific areas. you told us we needed to reduce the reporting burden. so we did, cutting the number of quality measures by about half. you told us there have to be an option for smaller organizations that need help with startup costs. so we agreed, creating the advance payment aco model. you told us we nee
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